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Baby Fae / Heart Transplant #534184

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 29, 1984
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(Studio) Condition of infant known as Baby Fae following transplantation of baboon heart into her reported.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Loma Linda, California) Controversy surrounding physicians' use of baboon heart rather than looking for human heart examined. [Organ center SPOKESPERSON - recalls informing medical center after baby's surgery of available human heart.] [Med. ctr. spokesperson Richard SCHAEFER - explains not seeking human heart for transplantation.] Med. center's defense of using baboon organs outlined; center's ethics committee said recommending Dr. Leonard Bailey perform more transplants on animals before human subject used. [Dr. Jack PROVONSHA - explains medical center's source of concern in Baby Fae case.] [Dr. Randall MORRIS, Dr. John COLLINS - offer differing reactions to procedure.]
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Govt.'s current stance on transplants of animal organs to humans and implications of Baby Fae case for future standards examined. [National Insts. of Health spokesperson Dr. Charles McCARTHY - considers ethical parameters necessary in such research experiments; is satisfied with Loma Linda's handling of Baby Fae's case.] NIH stance on California operation outlined; questions raised by NIH advisory committee 's consideration of permission for experiments allowing injections of human hormones into animals noted. [Author Jeremy RIFKIN - notes ethical questions raised by issue have never had to be addressed before.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) [Minnesota Univ. spokesperson Dr. John NAJARIAN - discusses positive and negative implications of Baby Fae's transplant; recalls Jamie Fiske's situation.]
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Reporter(s):
Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom;
Hager, Robert
Duration:
00:06:30

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